Badminton New Zealand is excited to announce the appointment of Tracey Hallam to the role of Coach Development Manager. Tracey has significant coaching experience, including her recent position as Coaching & Development Manager with Waikato Badminton and NZ U15 National Coach.

“We look forward to welcoming Tracey to the Badminton New Zealand team.  Tracey will be a great asset to the team as she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Coach Development space.”  BNZ’s General Manager, Donna Trow comments.  

“One of the strong findings through the Voice of the Participant and consultation project, was the need to improve coaching capability and capacity across our regions. With Tracey appointed to this new role, we know we will be able to make a huge impact to coaching at the grassroot and development across Aotearoa.”

The Coach Development Manager role will begin to implement the BNZ Coaching Philosophy and Framework, and work closely with the Associations through co-design to improve coaching capability and capacity across the regions.

Tracey begins her role with Badminton New Zealand from February 20th and can be contactable via tracey@badminton.org.nz

The New Zealand Junior Squads have opened the 2023 season with a series of January training camps in Waitakere.

The NZ U19 squad, comprised of 30 members across eight associations are led by coaches, Rikke Olsen Siegemund, Fanny Megahwati and Nick Chambers. Over their five-day training camp, the squad fine-tuned their haka, participated in a media session and attended an Athlete Life session delivered by HPSNZ, alongside their on-court sessions.

2023 NZ U19 Squad

Congratulations to the members of the 2023 NZ U19 Squad:

Alex Galt (WEL)
Amanda Ting (NH)
Berry Ng (NH)
Camellia Zhou (AK)
Chris Benzie (NH)
Coco Zhu (AK)
Daniel Hu (AK)
Ella Xu (AK)
Eric Lu (AK)
Isaac Chan (WTK)
Jack Ji (NH)
Jaden Mingoa (NH)
Jay Xuan Tan (CAN)
Josephine Zhao (NH)
Kelly Shen (CAN)
Lezhi Zhu (HB)
Lillian Cao (NH)
Markis Tew (NH)
Melody Cai (AK)
Mia Xu (AK)  
Nanna Siegemund (NH)
Ooi Von Lee (NH)
Raphael Deloy (WKO)
Rosie Yang (AK)
Ryan Soo Jones (NH)
Sam Navarra (WN)
Smile Li (NH)
Tony Yu (NH)
Tristan Apalisok (AK)
Victoria Guo (WKO)

New Zealand's youngest group, the Under 15 squad is made up of 32 members, from across seven associations are led by coaches, Tracey Hallam, Ken Yew, Rikke Olsen Siegemund and Vincent Harris. Over their four-day training camp, the squad bonded over team activities, alongside their on-court sessions.

2023 NZ U15 Squad

Congratulations to the members of the 2023 NZ U15 Squad:

Amy Wang (NH)
Anna Kim (CAN)
Anna Zhang (WKO)
Austin Cai (AK)
Becky Lin (WTK)
Caleb Rambaud (NH)
Danica Su (AK)
David Nguyen (WKO)
Eason Lei (AK)
Elsa Lu (NH)
Emmy Xu (AK)  
Eva Li (NH)
Felicia Chen (NH)
Geoffrey Cai (AK)
Jack Zeng (NH)
Jason Tong (NH)
Josie Lee (WKO)
Kirsten Stewart (MAN)
Larry Li (NH)
Lingyi Zhu (AK)
Lucas Qin (WKO)
Matthew Zhao (AK)  
Natalie Ting (NH)
Olivia Yang (WTK)
Oscar Wu (AK)
Oskar Li (WN)
Rebecca Zhang (NH)
Timothy Yuan (CAN)
Tobias Miao (NH)
Vincent Xu (NH)
Yanxi Liu (NH)
Ziwen Guo (WKO)

Badminton Canterbury’s Carrie Wilson is spending the week in the United Arab Emirates, participating in a BWF pilot Level 1 Coaching course for current and former Para badminton athletes.

The New Zealand SL4 Para badminton athlete, and Oceania title holder is one of twelve participants selected for the course, for her community contributions in Christchurch coaching able-bodied and para badminton members.

Carrie, a relief teacher by day, currently coaches a group of para athletes in Christchurch weekly.

“Badminton Canterbury is really excited for Carrie to gain her Level 1 certification alongside fellow para athletes in Dubai."

Badminton Canterbury's Coaching & Development Manager, Jo Christie comments, "I look forward to seeing her return with more confidence, more sport specific coaching knowledge and fresh ideas - which will benefit her and the promising athletes we have here."

BWF Level 1 pilot Coach Course for Current & Former Para Athletes

The course is held from the 16-20th January at the Ajman Club for the Disabled Sports Hall in Ajman City, UAE. Badminton New Zealand thanks the BWF, West Asia Badminton Federation & Badminton Oceania for this unique opportunity.

Badminton New Zealand looks forward to bringing the BWF Disability Coaching module to Level 1 New Zealand coaches, across a weekend in May 2023.

Chris Benzie (NH)

Badminton New Zealand are proud to name the players selected to represent New Zealand in the Oceania Junior and Open Mixed Team Championships in February. The two teams will wear the silver fern as they compete on home soil, with the hopes of claiming both team titles.

The Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships runs from 10 – 12th February, with the event providing development and key preparations towards the BWF World Junior Championships later in the year.

New Zealand National Coach, Rikke comments, “Our New Zealand Junior team features a mix of experienced and debutant players, but I trust this team can learn from each other and grow together throughout this event.”

Congratulations to the junior players named for the Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships:

Chris Benzie (NH)Victoria Guo (WKO)
Isaac Chan (WTK)Mia Xu (AK)
Daniel Hu (AK)Rosie Yang (AK)
Jaden Mingoa (NH)Josephine Zhao (NH)
Lezhi Zhu (HB)Camellia Zhou (AK)

The NZ Junior Team will be accompanied by coaches; Nick Chambers and Fanny Megahwati.

In the week following, the Senior team will take to court at the Oceania Open Mixed Team Championships, with the winning team qualifying for the BWF Sudirman Cup in Suzhou, China in May.

Congratulations to the players named for the Oceania Open Mixed Team Championships:

Adam Jeffrey (AK)Erena Calder-Hawkins (TBC)
Edward Lau (NH)Shaunna Li (NH)
Abhinav Manota (NH)Anona Pak (NH)
Dylan Soedjasa (NH)Justine Villegas (NH)
Jack Wang (AK)Camellia Zhou (AK)

The NZ Team will be accompanied by coaches, Rikke Olsen Siegemund and Tony Griffen.

“Our NZ Team looks solid across multiple events, with numerous Oceania and National Champions in the team. There are so many solid possible combinations that can be played – and that’s always a plus!”

Justine Villegas (NH) & Jack Wang (AK)

NZ Team member, Justine Villegas remarks, “Going into this event, the team goal is to claim that Oceania title and qualify us to play in the Sudirman Cup later in May. It will be very tough against Australia, but I’m confident our team will put up a good fight.”

“Our team has been working hard lately, especially getting the international exposure again in the recent North Harbour International, Australian Open and international events in Australia.” NZ Team member & Oceania Mens Doubles Champion, Abhinav Manota adds,

“It feels great to be wearing the silver fern with this super team and we hope to have a good crowd cheering for us, since we’re playing on home soil.”

The Oceania Championships will be held at Badminton North Harbour across the following dates;

  • 10 - 12th February - Oceania Junior Mixed Team Championships
  • 13 - 16th February - Oceania Junior Championships
  • 13 - 16th February - Oceania Championships
  • 17 - 19th February - Oceania Open Mixed Team Championships

New Zealand will be proudly represented by two Para badminton athletes at the 2022 HULIC DAIHATSU BWF World Para Badminton Championships in Japan this November. The athletes qualified comfortably within the top thirty-two positions across their respective events, following strong results at previous Continental and International events.

With the BWF World Championships only occurring every two years, this year’s event is the 2021 Championships, which were postponed due to international COVID restrictions. This year’s event marks New Zealand’s largest representation, with only one Kiwi attending the previous two editions in 2017 and 2019.

I’m very proud of our Kiwi athletes who have qualified for their first World Championships. It’s a great outcome, reflecting the hard work of our players over a tough couple of years and the results of our growing para badminton programme coming to fruition,” Michelle Au, Badminton New Zealand’s Diversity & Inclusion Manager comments.

“I look forward to the next couple of years – more Kiwis, more para badminton and more results on the international stage!”

Congratulations to the following para-athletes who have confirmed their entry in their respective events:

  • Thomas Slade (Wellington) – SU5 Men’s Singles
  • Carrie Wilson (Canterbury) – SL4 Women’s Singles
Thomas Slade (WEL) competes in the SU5 Men's Singles

Badminton Wellington’s Thomas Slade is thrilled to make his World Championships debut and more so, the challenge of competing against the world’s best SU5 athletes. A PhD student and photography lecturer, Thomas was born without a left hand and competes in the SU5 (Standing Upper) class. Athletes in the SU5 classification compete on a full court without any prosthetics allowed on court.

Badminton Canterbury’s Carrie Wilson will also make her World Championships debut, following a successful medal haul at the recent Oceania Para Badminton Championships. A relief teacher and BC badminton coach, Carrie suffered a prolapsed disc which led to paralysis in her lower left leg. Following a stint of rehabilitation, Carrie wears a brace over her lower limb and competes in the SL4 (Standing Lower) class. Athletes in the SL4 classification, compete on a full court and their classification includes a variety of impairments including amputees, Cerebral palsy and limb length differences.

Our travelling athletes and their support team are fundraising towards their World Championships campaign. With their trip being entirely self-funded, any support or contributions via their GiveaLittle page, towards their campaign are appreciated.

The Kiwi contingent will arrive in Japan on the 30th October, with the HULIC Daihatsu BWF World Championships taking place between the 1st – 6th November.

Follow the draws and results via: Tournament Software - BWF Para World Championships

This image features New Zealand athlete, Wojtek Czyz with his bronze medal.
Wojtek Czyz - SL3-SL4 Men's Doubles Bronze medallist

Waikato Badminton’s Wojtek Czyz proudly earns New Zealand’s first international para badminton medal. Wojtek, a lower leg amputee with an SL3 classification has spent the week competing at the FOX’s Indonesia Para Badminton International, a Grade 2, Level 3 event in Yogyakarta.

Wojtek, and his scratch partner Roziqin Khoirur (Indonesia) progressed out of their group stage matches and into the elimination rounds. Their quarter-finals success over India’s Ezhil/Rajaiah in straight games sets up a semi-final clash against top seeds and Indonesian home favourites, Dwiyoko/Setiawan.

QUARTER-FINALS: Wojtek CZYZ / ROZIQIN Khoirur defeated EZHIL / RAJAIAH (IND) 21-12, 21-18

SEMI-FINALS: CZYZ / ROZIQIN defeated by DWIYOKO / SETIAWAN (INA) 14-21, 7-21

Wojtek Czyz (WKO) | Photo Credit: Rima Ferdianto

Wojtek also competed in the SL3 Men’s Singles, bowing out in the quarter-final stage. A narrow 22-20 lost in the deciding game against Dwiyoko DWIYOKO in the group stages, placed him against Indonesia’s Maman NURJAMAN in the quarters.

GROUP STAGE:         Wojtek Czyz def by Dwiyoko DWIYOKO (INA)   21-17, 15-21, 20-22

QUARTER-FINALS:     Wojtek Czyz def by Maman NURJAMAN (INA) 12-21, 9-21

Congratulations to Wojtek on his international performance, and marking a milestone in the para badminton space for New Zealand.

The full results from FOX's Indonesia Para Badminton International, are available via Tournament Software.

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